The Tools

Acupuncture and a whole lot more . . .

In Chinese Medicine, the free flow of energy and the healthy circulation of substances throughout the body are key to maintaining a balanced state of being. When these types of movement are sluggish or irregular, one may experience varying degrees of pain and discomfort, emotional distress, disrupted sleep, digestive issues and a whole range of other imbalances which tend to worsen if left unchecked.

Here at Mountain Mist Acupuncture, an assortment of techniques are used to help restore healthy movement throughout the body:

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles, roughly the width of a few strands of hair, into the skin at targeted therapeutic points along the body. The needles are sterile and are immediately disposed of after a single use. Care is taken to maximize your comfort during each treatment and most patients experience deep relaxation during acupuncture treatments.

At Mountain Mist Acupuncture, treatments are modified with respect to your comfort level and some of the needle-free techniques listed on this page are often used to provide relief of symptoms.

Herbal formulas play an important role in the treatment of imbalances through Chinese Medicine. The herbal formula prescribed to you will serve to reinforce the in-office treatment and sustain the treatment plan between office visits. Herbs are highly recommended to most patients and only top quality products which have undergone rigorous independent testing are prescribed.

Cupping uses vacuum suction to draw the circulation to the surface of the skin and help release toxins and trapped cellular waste. This allows fresh blood and lymphatic fluid to irrigate the area where the cups have been applied. Cupping has a long history as an effective therapeutic technique and is still widely used in many healing traditions throughout the world. Cups may be left in place to emphasize the drawing action or moved along the surface of the skin to achieve a deeply relaxing massage effect. After experiencing the invigorating qualities of cupping therapy, patients frequently request the inclusion of a cupping component in future treatments.

Moxibustion is the warming of the skin with dried mugwort herb (artemesia vulgaris). Moxa is used in several different ways to activate local circulation and enhance the therapeutic effects of the acupuncture treatment.

In addition to these in-office forms of treatment, movement and breathing exercises are often prescribed for the patient to practice between visits to help build on the goals of the treatment plan and encourage further participation in the healing process.